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The iPhone is now America's best selling phone, becoming the first smart phone to top the list. It knocked off Motorola's Razr, which held the top spot for three straight years (12 quarters).  (Source: MSNBC)
The trendy iPhone continues to surpass sales expectations despite its share of problems

Love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny that Apple is the king of brand image.  As the days of the classic iPod wane, the iPhone is quickly assuming its place atop the Apple product line as the king of trendy.

Since its inception, the device has met with mostly rave reviews.  While it frustratingly lacks many seemingly easy-to-implement features, the overall package was and still is, to a large extent, arguably ahead of its competitors in several key categories including the user interface.  The perks led TIME magazine to name it the invention of the year for 2007.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is listed on the iPhone patent as one of the device's inventors, has been thrilled with sales.  He and his company were pleased that the reception for the latest iteration of the device, the iPhone 3G, remained warm despite a number of various problems, including reception issues.

Now the Mr. Jobs has something else to gloat about -- his device has become the best selling phone in America

Days ago, the iPhone passed an important metric, knocking Blackberry off as the top smart phone in terms of customer satisfaction among business users.  Now the phone as achieved an even loftier accolade, dethroning Motorola's Razr as the best-selling phone in America for Q3 2008.

The new data, coming from NPD (the leading wireless research firm), represents the first time in 3 years that the best-selling Razr failed to top the list.

The NPD reports that overall, cell phone sales are down 15 percent.  Despite this and a sagging economy, the iPhone was able to seize the lead.  This also comes despite the fact that the overall iPhone price with the service plan factored in was raised with the release of the iPhone 3G.

Obviously, love it or hate it, the chic iPhone is king of the smartphone jungle for the time being.  RIM, Google and others may try to knock it off, but in the end it is Apple that did what these competitors could not -- make the first smartphone to become the best selling cell phone in America.



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By omnicronx on 11/10/2008 3:59:32 PM , Rating: 5
Pfft, that comparison is stupid, they compare failure rates over 2 years for every other phone, but 1 year for the iPhone.

Sometimes I wonder how much these people (including JD) are paid off, or if they think people just won't notice. I mean this is a reliability test, in which the timeframe for the test results is probably one of the most important pieces of this kind of study. Are they stupid?

Statistical data is pretty much useless unless they are going to measure with the same time frame. And to make matters worse, it is pretty obvious Apples numbers are bound to get worse, as the battery is not removable, and it has the largest touch screen in the industry.

If I wanted an article that uses 'speculated numbers' I would go find an engaget or inquirer article on the subject.
Or perhaps every hardware vendor should start copying this model, how about 'speculated reliability numbers' before the product even comes out!.. which is just about as useful as this article..


By dflynchimp on 11/10/2008 9:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's called PR, it's always a case of money-making trumphing truth, or in layman's term, the truthiness is what matters.


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